Parents of LAPD officer killed in Metrolink crash attend roll call
In an emotional appearance at the North Hollywood Station today, the parents of LAPD officer Spree Desha, who died in Friday's Metrolink crash, came to meet their daughter's former colleagues and to experience what her typical work day would have been like. Desha, who joined the LAPD in 2001, had served as a training officer at the station before her recent transfer to the Office of Operations at the Downtown Parker Center headquarters.
On Saturday, Alan and Sha Moran viewed the site of the crash in which their daughter was killed on impact. But today Desha's mother and father wanted to witness her professional setting firsthand. Co-workers gave them a tour of the station, where they met her supervisors and fellow officers. The Morans attended role call, where they watched as officers prepared for the evening shift.
Outside the station, Desha's parents and her partner, LAPD officer Laura Gerritsen, talked to reporters. The Morans said Desha had come to Los Angeles to pursue the career as a professional dancer, but discovered the LAPD, an organization that was a perfect fit. "She was proud to wear the uniform," her father said. "It was her life."
Gerritson said she last heard from Desha that she was taking the 3:35 p.m. train and that she missed her. She described being called to the crash scene to help, only to find out that her live-in partner had died.
"I didn't want to watch them take her out," Gerritson said. "I didn't want to remember her like that. I miss her but I'm glad I had six wonderful years with her."
-- Andrew Blankstein